Sakata Seed America announces infrastructure expansion

Sakata Seed America has officially announced two new business locations in California’s major agricultural hubs: Salinas Valley and Woodland, CA.

Since 1988, Sakata Seed America has operated its North American headquarters in Morgan Hill, California. The company recently launched plans to move its headquarters, including all operations and staff functions, to its 219-acre site in Woodland, California by the end of 2024.

The planned move to the Woodland Innovation Center (WIC) will follow the second phase of an infrastructure expansion project that began in 2016. The WIC celebrated its official opening in 2018, when the first phase of the construction project was was completed, which included 16 acres of land. operational facilities including greenhouses, a LEED-certified office, headquarters, laundry facilities, a 25,000 square foot warehouse, equipped with the latest in seed processing equipment, and a farm store. Additionally, there is enough farmland to host Sakata’s annual California Field Days event and serve as a permanent testing ground for expanding breeding programs and the company’s research and development department.

“The expansion of our Woodland Innovation Center is an exciting and necessary step for the future of Sakata. As we expand our leadership position in a range of hot crops, it is imperative that we support our growing business and deepen our roots in one of the world’s fastest growing regions: the “Silicon Valley of Seeds”. “. The move of our headquarters to Woodland reflects our commitment to California’s vital agriculture and seed sectors, and the investment allows us to consolidate R&D and multiple other functions into one state-of-the-art campus. says Dave Armstrong, President and CEO of Sakata Seed America. .

In May of this year, Sakata also opened a new factory in Marina, California, near Salinas. The Sakata Marina Distribution Center is a temperature-controlled 20,000 square foot warehouse and office building. The Marina distribution center is now home to the company’s lettuce seed program and will, in the future, store and deliver multiple species, including Sakata’s hardy brassica program, for coastal California in 2024 .

“Our goal is to provide high quality seeds and market leading genetics to the Salinas Valley, a community in which we have grown and operated since 1985. Marina is centrally located in the region and provides us with all the means needed to support our innovative breeding programs. , as well as our growth in the Salinas Valley and neighboring growing regions,” notes John Nelson, executive vice president.

To learn more, visit SakataVegetables.com.

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